Softcover, 84 pages, 178 x 215 mm Includes a folded newsprint poster, also signed, 560 x 560 mm
Never before in history have we lived in a society where the personal documentation of people's private lives has been so public. However, when Ed Templeton began capturing youthful passion and shameless displays of affection this was not the case at all. Internet was only in its infancy and photography of this nature was restricted to few practitioners. For that reason alone, Teenage Kissers should be viewed as a historical volume. Ed Templeton found himself naturally drawn to these very private moments that were taking place in a public forum. From a voyeuristic perspective, he photographed young lovers who were consumed by each other and completely unconcerned about their surrounding audience. These photographs serve as a reminder of that wonderful uncomfortability that comes with the discovery of young sexuality.
“The reaction is out of my control. I have heard feedback from people who said that it reminded them fondly of their teenage years. Others said it made them feel creepy. I think most of us have partaken in this sort of activity at some point in our lives, so there is always that element of shared human experience when you are looking at photographs. We all remember our awkward teenage phases. I hope that spirit comes through.”